Highlights of the American Rockies

American Rockies Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 12 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 2
from £4,199pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

An exceptional journey exploring a vast wilderness. The Rocky Mountains are the wild backbone of the North American continent, where wolves, bears and giant herds of bison roam free. Cross the magnificent American Rockies, from Colorado to Wyoming and into Utah, visiting Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Explore a variety of landscapes and marvel at the incredible wildlife and natural phenomena.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the landscapes and wildness of the American Rockies
  • See a range of incredible wildlife – moose, bear, bison, wolves, osprey and bald eagles
  • Visit some of the USA's most iconic and stunning national parks – Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton & Yellowstone
  • Marvel at geysers and thermal springs

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks and sightseeing, accompanied by an experienced HF Holidays Leader
  • 'With flight' holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • Half Board with en-suite accommodation (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 6 evening meals)
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transport and tips

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Worldwide holidays, our day-by-day descriptions will help you understand where you’ll be exploring and what you’ll be doing. The itineraries are put together carefully to give you the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons. In the wake of disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak to planning, this is particularly relevant to itineraries in 2022.

On arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel, located near the airport. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax after our flight.

Nestled below the Continental Divide on the plains at an elevation of 1,600m, Denver enjoys a generally very dry and sunny climate. Today we’ll explore the local sights: the dinosaur tracks at Morrison; the famous Red Rocks Theatre, carved into the Morrison formations; Golden; and finally, Buffalo Bill’s grave. From here, we enjoy expansive views over the plains.

Downtown is a bustling, historic metropolis. As we stroll through town later today, we can marvel at the huge brick warehouses that once supplied the mining camps as we head out for dinner.

Today we leave the plains for the mountains. The road steadily climbs over the Continental Divide, crossing at Berthoud Pass. As we travel into the remote areas of the Rockies, we’ll soon reach the historic mining settlement – now a holiday resort – of Grand Lake. Sitting at an elevation of 2,600m, the village is nestled below mountain peaks on the shores of Colorado’s largest natural lake.

We’ll walk along the Ranger Meadows and the shores of Shadow Mountain Reservoir, with excellent opportunities to see osprey, bald and brown eagle and, if we’re lucky, maybe a bear too.

We spend two days exploring this incredible park, with walks that have a good chance of spotting some of the resident wildlife.

Walk possibilities depend on the season and may be done on either day. It’s likely that on Day 4 we’ll walk in search of the large herds of elk that the park is famous for. In summer, we’ll hike along the Ute Trail above the treeline where we can see the alpine tundra. In May and September, we may walk to look for elk at lower elevation. Day 5 takes us along the East Inlet Trail to Lone Pine Lake. A narrow trail, taking us into the heart of the mountains, we’ll have a good chance of spotting moose, elk and bear. 

*Dinner not included on Day 4

This morning we’ll walk along the Colorado River on the Lulu City Trail looking for moose. These magnificent animals can be a little elusive but the sight of one in the wild will surely be something you’ll long remember.

This afternoon, we leave Grand Lake and head north across the vast desert plains towards Lander, Wyoming – a small but charming remote mountain town.

Leaving Lander, we cross the mountains for Yellowstone National Park. We’ll spend time exploring the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: a massive and multi-coloured canyon system carved out of the rock formed by volcanic deposits by the mighty Yellowstone River.

We hike the Wapiti Trail Loop along the canyon’s edge. Along the way, we’ll see massive waterfalls tumbling into the canyon. You’ll have the chance, too, to walk the stairs down the Uncle Tom’s Trail. On the north side of the canyon, you can walk down to the Brink of the Upper and Brink of the Lower Falls, impressive overlooks over some of the waterfalls which thunder into the canyon.

With two days to explore this magnificent national park, there will be much to see and experience. One day will be dedicated to the famous Lamar Valley, where most of the park’s wildlife can be found: it’s well-known for the large herds of bison and antelope and wolf packs. We may also see elk and moose. We'll also explore across the countryside landscapes with a ridge walk to see the remnants of an ancient petrified forest, and enjoy a sightseeing excursion along the Beartooth Highway in the hopes of seeing some of the large herds of mountain goats that live at these higher elevations.

We’ll also spend a day walking to the hot springs of Yellowstone. We head out to explore the white terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, where we can walk along boardwalks to explore these fragile formations. We’ll then head to the geysers of the Norris Geyser Basin for a series of short walks: Grand Prismatic Springs is a stunning kaleidoscope of colours.  A longer walk at Upper Geyser Basin allows us to explore the world’s largest collection of hot springs, and we’ll make sure to see Old Faithful erupt. On the evening of Day 9 we head to our remote lodge between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.

Today we’ll head out to explore some of the Grand Teton National Park. We’ll walk along the shores of Jenny Lake, enjoying the amazing views of the mountains that abound, and take a relaxed ferry ride on its waters. Our return journey to Jackson will pass iconic and historic barns of Mormon Row, the remains of Mormon homesteads.

A gondola ride takes us to the heights of the Tetons mountain range: the views we’ll enjoy from here, at almost 11,000 feet, will be seriously impressive. From the gondola station we’ll descend on a dirt trail that skirts the flanks of the mountain along the slip fault that created these mighty mountains. This afternoon is at leisure to relax or independently explore Jackson.

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Jackson before we drive south towards the Great Salt Lake. At Antelope Island State Park, there’s an opportunity to take a dip in the lake’s salty waters – if you’ve ever had a ‘swim’ in the Dead Sea, the salty water experience may be a little similar.

We arrive in Utah and continue to Salt Lake City. This evening we’ll explore the downtown area of the city on foot, including Temple Square and view the Mormon Temple, before we enjoy a final dinner together.

At leisure before our return transfer to Salt Lake City airport and our return flights home.

American Rockies Itinerary Map

Aloft Gateway Park Hotel - American Rockies

On arrival in Denver we stay at the Aloft Gateway Park. Close to the airport, the hotel offers hotel-wide complimentary Wi-Fi access and comfortable beds in modern and well-appointed rooms.

Spirit Lake Lodge - American Rockies

As we explore the Rocky Mountains National Park we stay at Spirit Lake Lodge, Grand Lake. Located in the heart of downtown Grand Lake, you’re within walking distance of the lake.

Rodeway Inn Pronghorn Lodge - American Rockies

Close to the historic downtown of Lander, Wyoming, the riverside Rodeway Inn Pronghorn Lodge offers a warm welcome and comfortable stay. Relax in the hot tub or enjoy a drink on the deck overlooking the Popo Agie River.

Soda Butte Lodge - American Rockies

The rustic western-style décor of Soda Butte Lodge in Cooke City sets the scene for our time exploring Yellowstone National Park. Sit back and reminisce about the day’s sights and experiences with a drink in the lodge’s saloon bar.

Togwotee Mountain Lodge - American Rockies

This mountain lodge is still near the Yellowstone National Park so the wildlife viewing can continue without a long journey back to the hotel.  The lodge has large comfortable rooms and great hospitality.

Quality Inn Jackson

Ideal accommodation for our visit to Grand Teton National Park. Recently renovated, with a pool and fitness centre.

Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites - American Rockies

We spend our final night in Salt Lake City, staying at Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites. Comfortable, well-appointed rooms offer an ideal place to relax at the end of our holiday.

Essential Information

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels, we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum.

These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. We advise being prepared for all weather conditions, but you’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and non-slip soles and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved light-coloured shirts for the possibility of winter-weather days
  • Walking poles

We recommend wearing walking boots on all our walks, as these provide the best ankle support and grip. Modern ‘approach shoes’ offer appropriate levels of grip and may be worn on some low-level walks, but users should be aware that they offer less ankle support. Lightweight trainers are not recommended for any walks.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff, hat and gloves; small torch/head torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets; hand sanitiser 


  • Passport (and copies)
  • Booking confirmation
  • Insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form.

 Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.


  • Camera
  • Umbrella
  • Binoculars
  • High energy food bars
  • Swimming costume and towel
  • Small Tupperware box and sandwich bags for picnic lunches
  • Walking sandals

Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Single room supplement: £85 per night
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